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Johnston, Morgan Goals Lift USA to 2-0 Win vs. Japan in Front of Record Ohio Crowd

CLEVELAND, Ohio (June 5, 2016) – The U.S. Women’s National Team defeated Japan 2-0 on goals from Julie Johnston and Alex Morgan in front of 23,535 fans – a record attendance for a WNT game in the State of Ohio – in a match that was abandoned in the 76th minute due to inclement weather.

After a thrilling 3-3 draw last Thursday in the teams’ first meeting since the historic 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final, the USA put in a dominant performance in the second leg of this two-game set, controlling large swaths of the game and generating numerous goal scoring opportunities while holding firm defensively. The USA held Japan to just two shots on goal.

Johnston scored what proved to be the game-winner in the 27th minute with her eighth career goal, all of set plays, before Morgan capped things off in the 62nd with her team leading 11th goal of 2016.

With the U.S. in control of the match, both teams began introducing numerous second half substitutions, but after playing almost the entire match under sunny skies, the weather abruptly took a turn for the worse and in the 76th minute the match officials were forced to send the players back to the locker room due to lightning and heavy rain. After a long delay, and with more bad weather rolling in, the matched was called off.

U.S. Soccer is awaiting final word from FIFA as to whether the match and all the statistics will count as official.

The U.S. WNT will finish its preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio next month, beginning with the first match in team history against South Africa at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9 (12 p.m. CT; FS1). The team will play a second match later in July against an as yet to be announced opponent before departing for the Olympics.

Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long), 27th minute:
The U.S. won a free kick near the right sideline just inside Japan’s half of the field that Morgan Brian sent toward the top of the penalty area. Ami Sugita miss-hit her attempted clearance and the ball fell to Megan Klingenberg, who tapped it back into the left side of the penalty area to Allie Long. Long dribbled into the box before whipping a low cross to the far post where Johnston had gotten in front of her marker to easily redirect the ball into the net. USA 1, JPN 0 (SEE GOAL)

USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn), 62nd minute: Julie Johnston sent a long ball over the Japan backline down the right wing for Crystal Dunn to run onto. Dunn sprinted into the attacked third and spun a first-time cross low across the face of goal for Alex Morgan who slipped between a pair of Japan defenders to redirect the ball into the roof of the net for the game-capping goal. USA 2, JPN 0 (SEE GOAL) FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
JPN – Erina Yamane, 1st minute:
The USA came flying out of the gates from the opening whistle and immediately put Japan’s defense under pressure. Crystal Dunn got down the right flank and picked out Christen Press, who was cutting into the box. Press saw her point blank shot saved by on rushing Japan goalkeeper. The rebound fell to Alex Morgan in the middle of the penalty area and her goal-bound shot hit teammate Allie Long. The USA got another crack at goal, but it was cleared away by a defender with Yamane still finding her footing after making the initial save.

JPN – Erina Yamane, 8th minute: Christen Press got in behind the Japan defense down its left flank and cut past a defender before centering the ball for Allie Long, who was making a trailing run out of midfield. Long had a good look at goal, but her low shot right at Yamane who was able to get down and smother.

JPN – Erin Yamane, 46th minute: Alex Morgan muscled her way past a Japan defender to earn a one-vs.-one chance and after creating a bit of space for herself, she unleashed a dipping shot from just outside the penalty area that required Yamane to reach at full stretch in order to it palm away and keep the U.S. from moving further ahead early in the second half.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. WNT returns to action when it meets South Africa for a friendly for the first time in team history at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9 (12 p.m. CT; FS1).

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Milestone Watch:

  • Hope Solo, who earned her 196th cap, earned the 99th shutout of her career, and with two games left before the Olympics, could become the first goalkeeper to reach 100 before the USA leaves for Brazil. The USA plays South Africa for the first time in team history on July 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago and will play a yet to be announced match in late July.

Additional Notes:

  • The 23,535 fans at today’s game mark the largest crowd to watch the WNT in the state of Ohio. The previous record was 23,101 at Columbus Crew Stadium on Oct. 3, 1999 vs. South Korea.
  • Alex Morgan now has seven career goals vs. Japan, the most she has vs. any country.
  • Morgan has now scored in seven games of the 11 she’s played in 2016, and with four multi-goal games so far, has a total of 11 goals in 2016.
  • Morgan now has 67 career goals and 18 multi-goal games for the USA.
  • The only other time Morgan scored double-digit goals for the USA in a calendar year was in 2012, which, coincidently, also happened to be an Olympic year.
  • Julie Johnston scored her third goal of 2016 and eighth career goal. All have come off set pieces.
  • Allie Long notched her second career assist for the WNT.

- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date:
June 5, 2016
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio
Kickoff:
1 p.m. ET
Attendance:
23,535
Weather:
74 degrees, mostly cloudy (Abandoned in 76th minute due to inclement weather). 

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      1             1             2
JPN                                      0             0             0 

USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long)                              27th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn)                           62

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian (20-Lindsey Horan, 57), 23-Allie Long, 12-Christen Press; 16-Crystal Dunn (11- Ali Krieger, 75), 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett, 21-Alyssa Naeher

Head coach: Jill Ellis 

JPN: 1-Erina Yamane; 5-Yuri Kawamura (2-Saori Ariyoshi, 56),15-Hikari Takagi, 4-Saki Kumagai, 6-Rumi Utsugi (capt.); 17-Ami Sugita (7-Emi Nakajima 46), 10-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 14-Yu Nakasato, 13-Rika Masuya (19-Mayu Sasaki, 65); 11-Yuika Sugasawa (8-Sonoko Chiba, 46), 16-Mana Iwabuchi (20-Kumi Yokoyama, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Tomoko Muramatsu, 12-Ayaka Yamashita, 18-Sakiko Ikeda
Head coach: Asako Takakura
 

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 11 / 3
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 11
Offside: 4 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Julie Johnston (caution)                   13th minute
JPN – Yuika Sugasawa (caution)                 36

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Cruz (CRC)  
Assistant Referee 1: Nelly Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Lopez (HON)
4th Official: Melissa Pastrana (HON) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Allie Long

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- U.S. Women’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Women’s National Team vs. Japan
Date:
June 5, 2016
Competition:
International Friendly
Venue:
FirstEnergy Stadium; Cleveland, Ohio
Kickoff:
1 p.m. ET
Attendance:
23,535
Weather:
74 degrees, mostly cloudy (Abandoned in 76th minute due to inclement weather). 

Scoring Summary:           1             2             F
USA                                      1             1             2
JPN                                      0             0             0 

USA – Julie Johnston (Allie Long)                              27th minute
USA – Alex Morgan (Crystal Dunn)                           62

Lineups:
USA:
1-Hope Solo; 5-Kelley O’Hara, 8-Julie Johnston, 4-Becky Sauerbrunn (capt.), 7-Meghan Klingenberg; 14-Morgan Brian (20-Lindsey Horan, 57), 23-Allie Long, 12-Christen Press; 16-Crystal Dunn (11- Ali Krieger, 75), 13-Alex Morgan, 17-Tobin Heath
Subs Not Used: 3-Samantha Mewis, 6-Whitney Engen, 9-Heather O’Reilly, 15-Emily Sonnett, 21-Alyssa Naeher

Head coach: Jill Ellis 

JPN: 1-Erina Yamane; 5-Yuri Kawamura (2-Saori Ariyoshi, 56),15-Hikari Takagi, 4-Saki Kumagai, 6-Rumi Utsugi (capt.); 17-Ami Sugita (7-Emi Nakajima 46), 10-Mizuho Sakaguchi, 14-Yu Nakasato, 13-Rika Masuya (19-Mayu Sasaki, 65); 11-Yuika Sugasawa (8-Sonoko Chiba, 46), 16-Mana Iwabuchi (20-Kumi Yokoyama, 64)
Subs Not Used: 3-Tomoko Muramatsu, 12-Ayaka Yamashita, 18-Sakiko Ikeda
Head coach: Asako Takakura
 

Stats Summary: USA / JPN
Shots: 11 / 3
Shots on Goal: 9 / 2
Saves: 2 / 4
Corner Kicks: 3 / 2
Fouls: 5 / 11
Offside: 4 / 1 

Misconduct Summary:
USA – Julie Johnston (caution)                   13th minute
JPN – Yuika Sugasawa (caution)                 36

Officials:
Referee: Marianela Cruz (CRC)  
Assistant Referee 1: Nelly Alvarado (CRC)
Assistant Referee 2: Shirley Lopez (HON)
4th Official: Melissa Pastrana (HON) 

Budweiser Woman of the Match: Allie Long

USA's 2017 Gold Cup Group Set After Nicaragua's Remarkable Playoff Comeback

The U.S. Men’s National Team’s Group B opponents in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup were finalized with Nicaragua’s stunning 3-0 win against Haiti to earn a 4-3 aggregate triumph in the second leg of the Gold Cup qualifying playoff Tuesday night.

Haiti collected a 3-1 home victory in the first meeting of the playoff on March 24, placing themselves in prime positon to advance. The second leg remained scoreless until the 82nd minute when Nicaragua’s Juan Barrera converted a penalty kick for his first of three goals in a span of six minutes, twice inspiring a bench-clearing celebration and frenzy amongst the home crowd in La Azul y Blanco’s Gold Cup-clinching victory.

READ: Five Things You Should Know About the CONCACAF Gold Cup

As announced by CONCACAF on March 7, the U.S. begins tournament play Saturday, July 8 against Panama at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. The MNT earned a 1-1 draw away to Panama in the Final Round of World Cup Qualifying last night and boasts a 5-1-3 all-time advantage against Los Canaleros in the Gold Cup. The MNT’s lone Gold Cup Group Stage loss came to Panama in 2011 in a 2-1 defeat.

READ: The MNT’s History Against 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Opponents

The USA then heads to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday, July 12 for a matchup with Martinique. The island nation, an overseas department of France that is not recognized as a FIFA member, earned its berth by advancing to the semifinals of the 2017 Caribbean Cup. Brian McBride notched a brace in the MNT’s lone meeting with Martinique at Gillette Stadium in the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The U.S. and Nicaragua will meet for the first time when they round out the Group Stage at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, July 18.

READ: U.S. MNT has Plenty of History at 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Venues

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MNT Mar 29, 2017

Horan Ruled Out of April Matches; Howell Earns Call-Up

CHICAGO (March 29, 2017) – U.S. Women’s National Team midfielder Lindsey Horan has been ruled out of the upcoming training camp and matches against Russia due to a hip flexor strain.

In her place, U.S. head coach Jill Ellis has given a first call-up to 17-year-old midfielder Jaelin Howell. The 5-foot-8 Howell was a starter in the center midfield for the USA at the 2016 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan last fall. Horan will remain with her club Portland Thorns FC and continue her rehabilitation.

Howell, who hails from Windsor, Colorado and plays for the same club (U.S. Soccer Girls’ Development Academy member Real Colorado) as 18-year-old U.S. midfielder Mallory Pugh, is currently with the U.S. Under-23 Women’s National Team in Portland, Oregon. She will miss the USA’s third match of the Thorns Spring Invitational on April 1 against the Chicago Red Stars to join the U.S. team in Texas tomorrow.

Howell started and played 72 minutes for the U.S. U-23s against the Houston Dash on Sunday, March 26 in Portland and will be available to play against the Thorns tonight at 7:30 p.m. PT.  The match will be streamed online at http://www.timbers.com/thornsfc.

The WNT also lost midfielder Morgan Brian from the training camp roster due to injury.

The USA will face Russia on April 6 at Toyota Stadium (7:30 p.m. CT on FS1 with the pre-game show starting at 7 p.m.). It will then travel to Houston for the second leg of the two-game set against Russia on April 9 at BBVA Compass Stadium (1 p.m. CT on ESPN).

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WNT Mar 29, 2017

Estados Unidos Consigue Un Punto de Visitante al Empatar 1-1 en Panamá

CIUDAD DE PANAMÁ, Panamá (28 de marzo, 2017) – Estados Unidos rescató un importante empate de 1-1 con Panamá en su visita al Estadio Rommel Fernández en la cuarta fecha del Hexagonal Final y continúa sumando puntos para buscar el ansiado boleto mundialista.

Tras los resultados de los otros duelos de la fecha, era esencial para los dirigidos por Bruce Arena sacar puntos del país centroamericano para poder conservar el cuarto lugar del Hexagonal y mantenerse a tan solo un punto de distancia de los panameños pensando en arrebatarles en posteriores jornadas el tercer puesto que otorga una plaza directa a Rusia 2018.

El invicto de la nueva era de Arena se mantuvo de la mano del entendimiento en ofensiva entre el veterano Clint Dempsey y la nueva joya del fútbol estadounidense Christian Pulisic. Al igual que contra Honduras la semana pasada, Dempsey y Pulisic mostraron ser capaces de generar jugadas claras de gol con combinaciones entre ellos.

Nuevamente de una genialidad de Pulisic, en la que el adolescente del Borussia Dortmund sacó a relucir su calidad técnica pero también su enjundia y picardía para forcejear con los fuertes centrales canaleros, es que llegó el gol de las barras y las estrellas. Pulisic le dejó en bandeja de plata el gol a Dempsey quien no desaprovechó el regalito. 

Más de la primera media hora de partido fue bastante cerrada, ninguno de los dos lograba ni agobiar ni producir jugadas de gol importantes, amén de un par de excepciones. Pero hacia el final de los primeros 45 minutos, súbditamente se abrió el partido y llegaron los únicos goles del encuentro.

El gol de Dempsey, que lo coloca a tan solo uno de Landon Donovan como el máximo goleador histórico del Team USA, sin duda le dio un giro al partido. Desafortunadamente para el cuadro norteamericano, Panamá no tardó en reaccionar, y no perdonó los descuidos defensivos en la zaga estadounidense, lo que produjo el gol de Gabriel Gómez.

Los primeros minutos de la parte complementaria fueron de ida y vuelta, ya que el mediocampo desapareció para ambos equipos, pero el ritmo fue insostenible. A partir de ahí, Panamá fue el que intentó insistir más en ataque, pero más con empuje que con variantes ofensivas.

Estados Unidos supo maniatar los embates de los canaleros, neutralizarlos por largos lapsos, mantuvo la calma en los momentos de presión y cuando Panamá logró llegar con peligro, Tim Howard estuvo seguro en el fondo para detener los disparos de los locales.  

La selección de Estados Unidos llegó a 4 puntos en el Hexagonal y por el momento tendría medio boleto a la Copa del Mundo. Pero lo más relevante de los dos partidos de la Fecha FIFA de marzo para las barras y las estrellas es que abandonaron el sótano de la tabla, escalaron lugares, y el espíritu futbolístico parece estar en estado óptimo para continuar progresando en las fechas por venir. 

Próximamente: Estados Unidos continuará su actividad en el Hexagonal Final por las eliminatorias mundialistas rumbo a Rusia 2018 en la Fecha FIFA del mes de junio. El próximo jueves 8 de junio recibiendo a Trinidad & Tobago y el domingo 11 de junio visitando a México.

Resumen de Goles:

USA – Clint Dempsey, minuto 39: Christian Pulisic fue a presionar al central Felipe Baloy al área panameña, le robó el balón y posteriormente se quitó de encima al otro defensor central de Panamá, Román Torres. Pulisic le dejó el balón a Dempsey en los linderos del área chica y con un remate de primera intención el goleador estadounidense mandó su disparo cruzado al fondo del arco canalero.

PAN – Gabriel Gómez, minuto 43: Adolfo Machado envió un centro al corazón del área con un largo saque de banda. El balón le rebotó al defensor Tim Ream en el pecho y el balón dividido le quedó a Gabriel Gómez, quien no la pensó dos veces y fusiló a Tim Howard que venía haciendo el achique. 

Atajadas Claves y Jugadas Peligrosas:

PAN – Gabriel Torres, minuto 12: Rechace defensivo a las afueras del área grande tras un centro al área, Armando Cooper le baja el balón a Gabriel Torres, y el dorsal 9 de Panamá saca un disparo que se va desviado por un costado.

USA – Christian Pulisic, minuto 29: Combinación entre Dempsey y Pulisic, en la cual el delantero de Seattle Sounders cuchareó un balón al pique de la joya del Borussia Dortmund que entraba solo por el costado izquierdo del área. Pulisic controló y le pegó pero el defensor canalero Luis Ovalle se barrió justo tiempo para tapar el disparo y enviarlo a tiro de esquina.

PAN – Alberto Quintero, minuto 33: Balón largo de Gabriel Gómez casi a línea de fondo por fuera del costado izquierdo del área estadounidense. Quintero bajo el balón, quitándose de encima a Graham Zusi, se metió al área, recortó a Jermaine Jones y metió un cañonazo a la ubicación de Tim Howard quien aguantó a pie firme para rechazar el disparo.

PAN – Luis Tejada, minuto 59: Román Torres bajó de cabeza un balón largo en el área estadounidense entre dos defensores, para la llegada de Tejada quien de media vuelta y de primera intención metió un remate el cual atajó Tim Howard con su humanidad al haber achicado el ángulo de disparo a la perfección.

PAN – Gabriel Torres, minuto 79: Torres se metió a velocidad por el costado derecho del área estadounidense entre Jorge Villafaña y Tim Ream, pero llegó muy forzado para sacar un disparo desviado y elevado.

- Resumen de Juego de la Selección Masculina de Estados Unidos -

Encuentro: Selección Masculina de EE.UU. vs. Panamá
Fecha: 28 de marzo, 2017 
Competencia: Eliminatoria - Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2018
Sede: Estadio Rommel Fernández; Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá
Hora: 9 p.m. CT
Asistencia: Por anunciarse
Clima: 80 grados; mayormente despejado 

Resumen de anotaciones:   1          2          F
USA                                         1          0          1
PAN                                         1          0          1

USA - Clint Dempsey (Christian Pulisic)       minuto 39
PAN - Gabriel Gómez                                   43 

Alineaciones:
USA:
1-Tim Howard; 19-Graham Zusi, 3-Omar González, 14-Tim Ream, 2-Jorge Villafaña; 10-Christian Pulisic, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones (23-Kellyn Acosta, 75), 15-Darlington Nagbe (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 69); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (9-Paul Arriola, 82)
Suplentes No Utilizados: 5-Matt Besler, 6-Dax McCarty, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 12-David Bingham, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 22-Nick Rimando
Director Técnico: Bruce Arena

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo, 13-Adolfo Machado; 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.), 5-Roman Torres, 17-Luis Ovalle; 6-Gabriel Gomez (21-Amilcar Henriquez, 80), 20-Anibal Godoy, 11-Armando Cooper, 19-Alberto Quintero (8-Edgar Yoel Barcenas, 75); 9-Gabriel Torres (22-Abdiel Arroyo, 83), 18-Luis Tejeda
Suplentes No Utilizados: 12-Jose Calderon, 2-Michael Amir Murillo, 3-Jan Carlos Vargas, 4-Roderick Miller, 14-Miguel Camargo, 15-Eric Davis, 16-Josiel Nunez, 10-Alejandro Taylor
Director Técnico: Hernán Darío Gómez

Resumen estadístico: USA / PAN
Tiros: 7 / 19
Tiros al arco: 3 / 4
Atajadas: 3 / 2
Tiros de esquina: 4 / 4
Faltas: 10 / 14
Fueras de lugar: 0 / 2

Resumen de penalidades:
Ninguna

Árbitros:
Árbitro: César Ramos (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Árbitro Asistente 2: Miguel Hernández (MEX)
Cuarto Oficial: Erick Miranda (MEX)

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Mar 28, 2017

USA Secures Hard-Fought Away Point in 1-1 Draw Against Panama

PANAMA CITY, Panama (March 28, 2017) – The U.S. Men’s National Team went on the road to the hostile confines of Estadio Rommel Fernandez and earned a hard-fought 1-1 draw against host Panama thanks to Clint Dempsey’s MNT-best 18th career World Cup Qualifying goal.

Now sitting fourth in the Hex standings, the away point gives the U.S. four total after four of 10 Hexagonal matchdays and sees the team securely in the race for CONCACAF’s three automatic berths to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

An evenly played first half saw the U.S. strike first when Christian Pulisic put in the hard work to run down a Jermaine Jones long ball, strip one Panama centerback before evading the other to set up Dempsey for his 56th career goal and fourth in two games, having secured a hat trick against Honduras four days earlier thanks to a pair of Pulisic assists and one spectacular free kick. The goal puts Dempsey one short of Landon Donovan for the all-time MNT goal scoring record.

Panama retaliated with a scrappy goal from Gabriel Gomez just minutes before the half-time whistle and while both sides hunted for a winner in the second half, strong defensive plays from Tim Howard, Tim Ream and Omar Gonzalez helped the U.S. see the game out and earn an important point on the road.

Next on the Schedule: The U.S. MNT will continue its quest to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer when the USA will host Trinidad & Tobago on June 8 and head to Mexico on June 11. Match venues, kickoff times and television information will available in the coming weeks.
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2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying - CONCACAF Final Round Standings

 TEAM

GP

W

L

D

Pts.

GF

GA

GD

Mexico

4

3

0

1

10

5

1

4

Costa Rica

4

2

1

1

7

7

3

4

Panama

4

1

1

2

5

2

2

0

United States

4

1

2

1

4

8

7

1

Honduras

4

1

2

1

4

4

9

-5

Trinidad & Tobago

4

1

3

0

3

2

6

-4


Goal Scoring Rundown:
USA – Clint Dempsey (Christian Pulisic), 39th minute:
A long-ball was played into the right side of the Panama penalty area where Christian Pulisic picked the pocket of Los Canaleros captain Felipe Baloy before maneuvering past Ramon Torres to feed Clint Dempsey for a sliding finish into the lower left corner for an initial U.S. lead. USA 1, PAN 0 [WATCH]

USA – Gabriel Gomez, 43rd minute: A long throw-in deep into the heart of the U.S. area fell free in the left side of the six-yard box after a host of players attempted to get a head to the ball. Gabriel Gomez was first to the loose ball and snapped a right-footed shot inside the near right post just as numerous U.S. players closed in. USA 1, PAN 1 [WATCH] FINAL

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Tim Howard, 33rd minute:  A long ball over the top of the U.S. defense into the left corner took a kind bounce for Quintero who was able to evade a defender in order to get a clean look at goal from near the top left corner of the six-yard box. However, Tim Howard stepped out to close down the angle and made a strong save to deflect Quintero’s point blank shot away from danger and keep the score knotted at 0-0.

PAN – Felipe Baloy, 51st minute: Getting across the face of goal, Balloy made up for losing the ball on the USA’s opening goal by making a flying block on a well-struck Pulisic volley that was targeted for goal as the scored remained 1-1.

USA – Tim Ream, 57th minute: A breakaway for Gabriel Torres was initially run down by Omar Gonzalez who forced the Panama attacker to put on the brakes in the right side of the U.S. box. With the ball rolling toward the penalty spot and Torres lining up an uncontested shot on Howard’s goal, Ream streaked in with a sliding tackle to deny the opportunity and keep the teams level at one goal apiece.

USA – Tim Howard, 59th minute:  An offensive foray by Panama culminated in a switch of play from left to right where the ball was headed into the right side of the U.S. box by Ramon Torres. It landed at the feet of Luis Tejada, whose shot caught up underneath a charging Tim Howard, keeping the game tied at 1-1.

NOTES:

  • The U.S. Men’s National Team continued its unbeaten run in Panama City where it is now 3-0-2 while holding an 11-1-5 all-time advantage against Panama.
  • The MNT is an unbeaten 5-0-2 against Panama in World Cup Qualifying and 2-0-2 when playing at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
  • Clint Dempsey recorded his 18h all-time World Cup Qualifying goal, furthering his lead as the MNT’s all-time leader in Qualifying goals scored.
  • The goal also pushed Dempsey’s overall goal total to 56, placing him just one behind Landon Donovan (57) for the USA’s all-time lead.
  • Dempsey now has four career international goals vs. Panama, and with 38 caps is also now just two World Cup Qualifying appearances shy of Donovan (40) for the MNT’s all-time lead.
  • Just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of his MNT debut, Christian Pulisic started for the U.S. in his seventh World Cup Qualifying appearance. The 18-year-old leads the team with five assists in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, while his three goals tie him with Bobby Wood for third on the team’s Road to Russia.
  • U.S. MNT head coach Bruce Arena made three changes to the starting XI that faced Honduras on Friday, inserting Jermaine Jones, Tim Ream and Graham Zusi.
  • The MNT starting XI had a combined 197 appearances and 45 goals all-time in FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • Altidore, Dempsey and Zusi are the only three starters to have previously played a World Cup Qualifier in Panama. Altidore and Zusi appeared in the 3-2 win on Oct. 15, 2013, while Dempsey was a substitute in the MNT’s 3-0 victory on June 8, 2005. 
  • After serving a one-game suspension during Friday’s 6-0 win against Panama, Jones earned his 17th World Cup Qualifying appearance and 69th cap.
  • Ream earned his fourth career World Cup Qualifying cap and first start since a 0-0 draw at Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 17, 2015.
  • Having made his World Cup Qualifying debut against Honduras, Jorge Villafaña started at left back again tonight in his fourth-straight appearance for the MNT.
  • The U.S. used all three of its subs vs. Panama with Alejandro Bedoya coming on for Darlington Nagbe in the 69th minute, Kellyn Acosta replacing Jermaine Jones in the 75th and Paul Arriola entering in place of Jozy Altidore in the 82nd. 
  • Set to face Panama once again during this summer’s CONCACAF Gold Cup, the U.S. has twice defeated the Central American nation in the tournament’s championship game, winning on penalty kicks following win the 2005 crown and earning a 1-0 win to lift the trophy in 2013.
  • Panama’s only win against the United States came via a 2-1 victory during the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group Stage on June 11, 2011.

- U.S. Men’s National Team Match Report -

Match: U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Panama
Date: March 28, 2017
Competition: 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia - Qualifier
Venue: Estadio Rommel Fernandez; Panama City, Panama
Kickoff: 9 p.m. CT
Attendance: TBC
Weather: 80 degrees; Mostly Clear

Scoring Summary:   1          2          F
USA                             1          0          1
PAN                             1          0          1

USA – Clint Dempsey (Christian Pulisic)        39th minute
PAN – Gabriel Gomez                                    43

Lineups:
USA: 1-Tim Howard; 19-Graham Zusi, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 14-Tim Ream, 2-Jorge Villafaña; 10-Christian Pulisic, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 13-Jermaine Jones (23-Kellyn Acosta, 75), 15-Darlington Nagbe (11-Alejandro Bedoya, 69); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (9-Paul Arriola, 82)
Subs not used: 5-Matt Besler, 6-Dax McCarty, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 12-David Bingham, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 22-Nick Rimando
Head coach: Bruce Arena

PAN: 1-Jaime Penedo, 13-Adolfo Machado; 23-Felipe Baloy (capt.), 5-Roman Torres, 17-Luis Ovalle; 6-Gabriel Gomez (21-Amilcar Henriquez, 80), 20-Anibal Godoy, 11-Armando Cooper, 19-Alberto Quintero (8-Edgar Yoel Barcenas, 75); 9-Gabriel Torres (22-Abdiel Arroyo, 83), 18-Luis Tejeda
Subs not used: 12-Jose Calderon, 2-Michael Amir Murillo, 3-Jan Carlos Vargas, 4-Roderick Miller, 14-Miguel Camargo, 15-Eric Davis, 16-Josiel Nunez, 10-Alejandro Taylor
Head coach: Hernán Darío Gómez

Stats Summary: USA / PAN
Shots: 7 / 19
Shots on Goal: 3 / 4
Saves: 3 / 2
Corner Kicks: 4 / 4
Fouls: 10 / 14
Offside: 0 / 2

Misconduct Summary:
None

Officials:
Referee: Cesar Ramos (MEX)
Assistant Referee 1: Marvin Torrentera (MEX)
Assistant Referee 2: Miguel Hernandez (MEX)
Fourth Official: Erick Miranda (MEX)                                                             

Budweiser Man of the Match: TBD

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Lineup Notes: USA Mixes Up Starting XI in Away Qualifier vs. Panama

USA vs. Panama
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying – Final Round

March 28, 2017
Estadio Rommel Fernández; Panama City, Panama
Live Broadcast: 10 p.m. ET on beIN Sports, Telemundo, NBC Universo
Channel Guide and Away World Cup Qualifying TV FAQ

Today’s U.S. MNT Starting XI vs. Panama: 1-Tim Howard, 2-Jorge Villafaña, 3-Omar Gonzalez, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 8-Clint Dempsey, 10-Christian Pulisic, 13-Jermaine Jones, 14-Tim Ream, 15-Darlington Nagbe, 17-Jozy Altidore, 19-Graham Zusi

Substitutes: 12-David Bingham, 22-Nick Rimando; 5-Matt Besler, 6-Dax McCarty, 7-DaMarcus Beasley, 9-Paul Arriola, 11-Alejandro Bedoya, 16-Sacha Kljestan, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 20-Geoff Cameron, 21-Walker Zimmerman, 23-Kellyn Acosta

  • Bruce Arena makes three changes to the starting XI that faced Honduras on Friday, inserting Jermaine Jones, Tim Ream and Graham Zusi.
  • After serving a one-game suspension during Friday’s 6-0 win against Panama, Jones earns his 17th World Cup Qualifying appearance and his 69th cap.
  • Ream replaced John Brooks in the 70th minute of Friday’s win and earns his fourth career World Cup Qualifying cap and first start since a 0-0 draw at Trinidad & Tobago on Nov. 17, 2015.
  • Zusi entered Friday’s match in the 59th minute as a substitute for Geoff Cameron. Two of Zusi’s five international goals have come against Panama at Estadio Rommel Fernández, including the game-tying goal in the MNT’s last visit a 3-2 World Cup Qualifying win on Oct. 15, 2013.
  • With his hat trick Friday, Clint Dempsey is once again the MNT’s all-time leading scorer in World Cup Qualifying with 17 goals. Sitting on 55 international goals, Dempsey is just two shy of the USA’s all-time leading scorer Landon Donovan (57).
  • Dempsey (38) is also now just two World Cup Qualifying appearances shy of Donovan (40) for the MNT’s all-time lead.
  • Just a day shy of the one-year anniversary of his MNT debut, Christian Pulisic starts for the U.S. in his seventh World Cup Qualifying appearance. The 18-year-old leads the team with four assists in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying, while his three goals tie him with Bobby Wood for third on the team’s Road to Russia.
  • Set to captain the side again tonight, Michael Bradley’s sixth career World Cup Qualifying goal on Friday tied him for seventh with DaMarcus Beasley, Brian Ching and Willy Roy.
  • Making four saves to earn his 38th career clean sheet vs. Honduras, Tim Howard makes his 113th international cap and 35th appearance in World Cup Qualifying.
  • Having made his World Cup Qualifying debut against Honduras, Jorge Villafaña gets the start at left back again tonight in his fourth-straight appearance for the MNT.
  • Altidore joins Zusi as the two players in the starting XI that have scored World Cup Qualifying goals against Panama. The MNT forward found the back of the net in a 2-0 World Cup Qualifying win against Los Canaleros on June 11, 2013 in Seattle.
  • Clint Dempsey has three career international goals vs. Panama, while Michael Bradley has also tallied twice against Los Canaleros.
  • Altidore, Dempsey and Zusi are the only three starters to have previously played a World Cup Qualifier in Panama. Altidore and Zusi appeared in the 3-2 win on Oct. 15, 2013, while Dempsey was a substitute in the MNT’s 3-0 victory on June 8, 2005. 
  • The MNT starting XI has a combined 197 appearances and 45 goals all-time in FIFA World Cup Qualifying.
  • The U.S. Men’s National Team holds an 11-1-4 all-time advantage against Panama and has gone 3-0-1 in Panama City.
  • The MNT is an unbeaten 5-0-1 against Panama in World Cup Qualifying and 2-0-1 when playing at Estadio Rommel Fernandez.
  • Bruce Arena managed against Panama five times during his first tenure in charge of the MNT, going 3-0-2.
  • Arena led the MNT to its first win on Panamanian soil, using first-half goals from Brian McBride, Carlos Bocanegra and Landon Donovan and a big performance in goal from Kasey Keller to earn a 3-0 victory on June 8, 2005. To date, the win is the MNT’s largest margin of victory in a World Cup Qualifier played in Central America.
  • The U.S. also won in its last visit to Panama on Oct. 15, 2013. Trailing 2-1 in the 82nd minute, the MNT rallied with two stoppage-time goals from Graham Zusi and Aron Johannsson to win 3-2, knocking Los Canaleros out of a fourth-place finish which would have sent them into an Intercontinental Playoff against New Zealand for a berth in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
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